Coast Guard rescues man who fell off sailboat near Milwaukee

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND – A rescue boatcrew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Milwaukee rescued a man who fell off his sailboat, about 50 feet from shore, Wednesday evening.

Station Milwaukee received notification from the South Shore Yacht Club at about 6 p.m. that a man had fallen off of his boat after mooring it, while trying to step into an attached dinghy.

The man was not wearing a life jacket.

The boatcrew launched aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small, and arrived at the marina to find the man hanging from a cleat by his jeans, unable to cut himself free. The boatcrew provided the man a life jacket before cutting his jeans and assisting him into the response boat.

“His left pantleg was caught around the cleat, so one of the boat crewmen and I grabbed him and held him above the water,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Trey Helms, coxswain of the 25-foot RBS. “Another crewman went aboard the dinghy and was able to free him by cutting his jeans, and we pulled him up into our boat.”

The man was transported in good condition to waiting EMS at the South Shore Marina.

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